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The Department of Education offers a new, one-year (12 month) full time MSc programme in Psychology in Education. This MSc is a conversion course which will provide successful graduates with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more
The Department of Education offers a new, one-year (12 month) full time MSc programme in Psychology in Education.

This MSc is a conversion course which will provide successful graduates with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is ideal for candidates who did not study Psychology at undergraduate level but would like to pursue a career in Psychology. It may also be of interest to students who have studied Psychology on a non-accredited programme but need GBC in order to progress to further training and employment in Psychology.

Programme aims

The aim of the MSc in Psychology in Education is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for building a professional career as a practising psychologist or a psychological researcher. The programme will cover core areas of psychology and key debates in the psychology of education, while also developing students’ research skills and their ability to apply psychological methods and approaches to educational policy and practice.

Successful completion of the Master’s programme will provide students with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is a requirement for further professional training in Psychology.

Programme content

Term 1
-Development and Cognition (20 credits)
-Individuality and Its Roots (20 credits)
-Research Methods for Studying Psychology in Education (This module runs for two terms and totals 40 credits)

Term 2
-Psychology in Society (20 credits)
-Option Module (20 credits)
-Research Methods for Studying Psychology in Education (This module runs for two terms and totals 40 credits)

Term 3
-Empirical Dissertation (60 credits)

Option modules - Option modules will be chosen from a list which is subject to change. Options likely to be available to students in 2017/18 include:
-Disorders of Language and Cognition
-Genetics and Education
-Mind, Brain and Education

Careers

The programme aims to provide students with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is a requirement for training as a professional psychologist and the MSc will therefore lead directly to professional training programmes in clinical, educational, counselling, occupational, health or forensic psychology. Our students will also be equipped to consider careers in teaching, youth work, mental health, data science and the not-for-profit sector. By providing you with a programme that covers a wide range of topics in the psychology of education we hope to develop your understanding of the careers that interest you. We will also invite psychology and education practitioners in to speak to our students.

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The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies (for students without Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society) are renowned for producing high calibre graduates. Read more
The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies (for students without Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society) are renowned for producing high calibre graduates. Feedback from employers indicates they are consistently impressed with the ability of York graduates to apply theory to practice and this is reflected in the destinations of many of our recent graduates.

The courses provide an equal balance of practice-based, methodological and theoretically driven modules designed to foster autonomy within the bounds of professional practice, independent learning and self-directed reflection. The highly specialist forensic modules, delivered by practising experts in the field, combined with generic practice-based modules, tutorials and the support of a highly experienced core course team, will provide you with the requisite practitioner-based skills, understanding, and knowledge to work effectively and increase your employability in a forensic setting. The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology will also facilitate chartership within the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology for students who go on to undertake a further two years of forensic practice as outlined in the conditions for membership.

The MSc Applied Forensic Psychology course is formally accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Content

The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and MSc in Forensic Psychology Studies are full-time (51-week), 180-credit programmes divided into seven modules (6 taught, 1 independent study):

The practitioner skills modules will facilitate confidence in your ability to work as a practitioner in a forensic setting and will also provide you with leading edge information technology, presentation and communication skills required for a wide variety of roles.
The research evidence and theory modules will provide a grounding in theory, research methods and statistics that will provide the key skills for employment in a variety of settings (e.g., prisons, secure units, the police, prison and probation services) and the key skills for those who wish to pursue a research degree in a forensic or a related field.

The empirical research project will provide the academic grounding for those wishing to pursue an academic career or gain more specialist knowledge in a particular topic area.

Assessment

Students on both courses are encouraged to write concisely to a high academic standard for a range of different audiences. Hence, assessment methods are varied and include assessed coursework and closed exams:
-Short answer paper
-Briefing paper
-Case formulation
-Open essay
-Research protocol
-Multiple choice paper
-Practical reports
-Empirical research project

Students will be allocated a personal supervisor to monitor their progress throughout the academic year and provide support and guidance if necessary.

Placements

The MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology course does not include a placement component. However, some students may be able to obtain voluntary work experience in forensic settings to complement their studies. In addition, the course team is sometimes able to help secure placements for students who have little or no forensic experience, although this cannot be guaranteed. As well as receiving supervision from the provider, students will also be assigned to a member of the course team who will oversee their performance throughout the placement. Since they are not a required or essential component of the MSc course, placements are not assessed.

You are advised to contact local organisations at the start of the Autumn Term if you are considering undertaking work experience during your studies. Please also be aware that some placement providers (particularly charities) may require volunteers to commit for a full year and this should be borne in mind when arranging accommodation.

Our students have succeeded in securing placements with the following establishments/organisations:
-HMP Doncaster
-HMP Full Sutton
-Durham and Tees Valley Probation Trust
-The Farndon Unit
-Strength to Change, Hull
-Stockton Hall Hospital, York
-North Yorkshire Probation
-Rampton Secure Hospital

In the 2015/16 academic year, students have undertaken work experience with:
-Stockton Hall Hospital, York
-Circles of Support and Accountability
-The Petros Organisation, York
-NSPCC
-The University of York (supporting PhD students)
-YACRO
-Springwood Lodge Hospital, Leeds

On some occasions, students have managed to secure full or part-time employment with the placement provider after graduating from the MSc programme.

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This MSc is provided jointly by the Department of Psychology and the York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC), and recruits contributing faculty from other university departments such as The Hull-York Medical School. Read more
This MSc is provided jointly by the Department of Psychology and the York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC), and recruits contributing faculty from other university departments such as The Hull-York Medical School. The overarching aim of the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at York is to provide a bridge between undergraduate study and PhD research in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology and imaging methods.

The course has been developed around training and research using neuroimaging techniques, and the experimental and analytical methods on which they depend. Through our specialist modules students are introduced the principles of neuroimaging, gaining hands on experience in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), eletroencephalography (EEG) or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), learning how to design, analyze and evaluate neuroimaging experiments, and how such experiments are contributing to our understanding of the brain mechanisms underpining cognition and behaviour. Along the way, students also receive training on generic statistical, writing and research skills, and are exposed to main research topics in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Finally, students complete an extended empirical project, typically using a neuroimaging technique of their choice. The empirical project is supported by the state-of-the-art facilities at YNiC.

Content

Specialist modules place neuroimaging in the wider context of cognitive neuroscientific research and introduce students to the principles of neuroimaging the design of neuroimaging experiments and specialist methods required for the analysis of neuroimaging data. These include:
-Basic principles in neuroimaging
-Research Design and Analysis in Neuroimaging
-Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
-Programming in Neuroimaging

Empirical project
Project enables students to participate in the design and implementation of a theoretically-motivated piece of pure or applied research in cognitive neuroscience providing hands-on training in advanced brain imaging methods, some of which are being developed at York. Topics are chosen so as to be timely and practicable within the relevant resource and time constraints. We regard it as important that the topic not only engages the interest and enthusiasm of the student, but is also a good match to the specialist expertise and knowledge of the supervisor.

Many of our students' projects are published. Each year we offer projects on a wide variety of topics linked to faculty research interests. For example students have used fMRI to investigate the processing of emotional and social cues, representation of semantic knowledge in the brain, disruption of visual cortex in patients with macular degeneration and brain mechanisms underpinning language understanding, face processing, number processing or anxiety and risky behaviour. Students have also used MEG and TMS to investigate brain mechanisms of memory for words and pictures, connectivity patterns between brain regions and auditory perception. Some of these projects are methodological in nature in that they aim to study the analytical strategies to apply in brain research, or they aim to develop the use of new imaging methods.

General research modules
These provide a solid grounding in contemporary issues in psychology and neuroscience, psychological research methods, professional and generic skills.

Assessment
Modules are assessed through a variety of different assignments and exams including practical reports, essays, multiple choice questions, critical analysis of published papers, short notes on a range of topics, dissertation on the Empirical Project, poster presentation.

Backgrounds

This challenging but rewarding course will best suit applicants who are:
-Interested in the brain and its workings (see What is cognitive neuroscience? in the overview)
-Interested in Psychology as a biological science
-Considering a career in research, especially in psychology, cognitive Neuroscience or imaging methods (many other career choices would be compatible with the general scientific, academic and professional training you will receive as part of the course)
-Comfortable with computers and statistics

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This MSc in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice combines theoretical grounding in development and its disorders, with practical experience in clinical assessment and diagnosis. Read more
This MSc in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice combines theoretical grounding in development and its disorders, with practical experience in clinical assessment and diagnosis. This course embeds an understanding of cognitive neurodevelopmental disorders within the context of typical development, with a particular focus on dyslexia, specific language impairment, autism, ADHD, and dyscalculia. The course uniquely combines perspectives from cognitive psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and applied clinical and educational practice. Topical issues in developmental disorders will be examined, including co-morbidity between disorders, and the implications of cognitive disorders for children’s mental health.

Research on developmental disorders has the potential in the long term to both inform research theoretically and to lead to substantial applications and practical implications.

This programme is therefore particularly suitable for students from Psychology or related disciplines who:
-Are seeking to build on their knowledge of developmental psychology and developmental disorders before embarking on PhD study. The acquisition of wide-ranging theoretical and practical knowledge of developmental psychology and disorders, as well as crucial research and project management skills will make students strong candidates for future positions in PhD programmes.
-Wish to boost their research skills and theoretical and practical knowledge of developmental disorders before progressing to careers in speech and language therapy, clinical psychology, educational psychology, teaching, or child health related disciplines.
-Have already qualified as clinical or educational professionals, behavioural therapists, care workers, speech and language therapists, but wish to supplement and enhance their research skills and extend their knowledge of developmental disorders.

Content

The programme combines specifically focused modules on development and disorders with courses teaching general principles of psychological research design, statistics and key transferable skills.
-Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
-Advanced Issues in Developmental Disorders
-Assessment and Treatment of Developmental Disorders
-Current Questions in Developmental Research
-Clinical Practice for Developmental Disorders

Empirical Projects
As part of this programme, you will be given the opportunity to undertake a novel piece of empirical work, on a topic at the cutting-edge of research in development and its disorders. You will be supervised by faculty with relevant expertise in fields including language and literacy development and dyslexia, numerical cognition and dyscalculia, socio-communicative skills and autism, genetic disorders (e.g. Down Syndrome, 22q deletion syndrome), and the impact of sleep on learning and memory.

Assessment
Modules are assessed through a variety of different assignments and exams including essays, critical analysis of published papers, presentations, short notes on a range of topics, practical reports, and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the Empirical Project.

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The MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is particularly suited to students interested in the relationship between the development of the mind and the brain. Read more
The MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is particularly suited to students interested in the relationship between the development of the mind and the brain. It combines theoretical and empirical grounding in the cognitive and biological mechanisms of developmental change with training of the analytical and practical skills required for undertaking research into cognitive development and its neural bases. The course provides perspectives from developmental cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology as well as hands-on training in imaging methods. Topical issues in developmental cognitive neuroscience will be covered, including the neural bases of perceiving and acting in the physical and social world and Neuroeducation.

This programme is particularly suitable for students from Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience or related disciplines who:
-Are keen to combine and integrate their interest in cognitive development and in brain development
-Wish to receive hands-on training in neuroimaging methods relevant for developmental research
-Want to conduct research into cognitive development and/or cognitive neuroscience
-Would like to get experience of working with children

Course content

The programme combines specifically focused modules relevant for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience with courses teaching general principles of psychological research design, statistics and key transferable skills.
-Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
-Basic Principles in Neuroimaging
-Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
-Research Design and Analysis in Neuroimaging
-Current Questions in Developmental Research

Empirical Projects
As part of this programme, you will be given the opportunity to undertake a novel piece of empirical work, on a topic at the cutting-edge of research in developmental psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience. You will be supervised by faculty with relevant expertise in fields including language and literacy development, numerical cognition, perception, learning and memory.

Assessment
Modules are assessed through a variety of different assignments and exams including essays, critical analysis of published papers, presentations, short notes on a range of topics, practical reports, and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the Empirical Project.

Careers

This MSc course prepares students to go on to PhDs in developmental neuroscience, neuroimaging and developmental psychology. Most others opt for research and clinical assistantships to gain further experience before undertaking a PhD or training in Clinical or Educational Psychology. In both cases, the distinctive skills they gain through the MSc are highly sought after.

Other career options include business, industry, academia and administration.

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